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When to use be and when is/are?

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Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 23:14
One easy way to find out whether to use is/are is to ask the question that correspond to it. Ex. Is/are the dogs eating? The dogs ARE eating. Ex. Are you going? Only if you ARE going. Ex. Is she right? She IS right. Ex. Both the man and... preconditions are/be met. ARE the preconditions met? Not "Be the preconditions met?"
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 01:10
- Both the man and woman have the right to divorce if certain preconditions *are* met with regard to them. - Both the man and woman have the right to divorce as long as certain preconditions *are* met with regard to them. To determine the correct verb you have to ask what the subject of the verb is. In both of these sentences the subject is "preconditions", so it has to be "preconditions *are* met", not "preconditions *be* met".

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